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Chamber Of ChillsChamber Of Chills Vol 3 – November 1952 to September 1953 – Issues 14-19 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952/1953. New Copy Book ... $9.99 47.99
One of the amazing horror comics published by Harvey Comics in the pre-code years of the early 50s – and a publication that was noted for its wealth of creepy stories and equally chilling images! Harvey may have been the home to Casper the ghost, but on the horror tip they were something else entirely – publisher of some of the most gruesome material in the years before comics got cleaned up in the mid 50s – with some of the best artists as well! Some of these stories are a clear attempt to copy the more famous style of EC Comics, but the Chamber Of Chills material also has a charm that's all its own – a rough approach to stories, which often leads to wonderfully lurid artwork – handled in this volume by Rudy Palais, Lee Elias, Rocke Mastroserio, Bob Powell, Don Perlin, Al Avison, Howard Nostrand, Jack Abel, and others – in stories that include "The Spider Man", "Vengeful Corpse", "Nightmare Of Doom", "The Living Mummies", "Black Passion", "Terrorvision", and more. 256 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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✨✧ EerieEerie – Tales Of Fantasy & Suspense! – Collected Works Vol 1 – Issues 1 to 7 – May/June 1951 to June/July 1952 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1951/1952. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
An early horror comic that definitely lives up to its name – not to be confused with the black and white magazine that started in the 60s from Warren Publications – but a much earlier, much more obscure work from the glory days of pre-code books in the 50s! Eerie definitely has a look that fits alongside most of its contemporaries – those ultra-creepy comics that were the bane of parents and the PTA back in the day – but the publication also seems willing to try some new things, too – as they experiment with an odd array of creatures and creeps that make their stories a bit different than usual. Don't worry, there's still plenty of ghouls, gore, and freaked-out dudes – and art in these issues is by Wally Wood, Joe Kubert, Fred Kida, Moe Marcus, Louis Ravielli, and others. Book features seven rare issues of Eerie – all in full color, with cover images and ads too! Book

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✨✧ EerieEerie – Tales Of Fantasy & Suspense! – Collected Works Vol 2 – Issues 8 to 14 – August/September 1952 to January/February 1954 (hardcove ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
An early horror comic that definitely lives up to its name – not to be confused with the black and white magazine that started in the 60s from Warren Publications – but a much earlier, much more obscure work from the glory days of pre-code books in the 50s! Eerie definitely has a look that fits alongside most of its contemporaries – those ultra-creepy comics that were the bane of parents and the PTA back in the day – but the publication also seems willing to try some new things, too – as they experiment with an odd array of creatures and creeps that make their stories a bit different than usual. Don't worry, there's still plenty of ghouls, gore, and freaked-out dudes – and art in these issues is by Sid Check, Norman Nodel, Alvin Hollingsworth, Gene Fawcette, Harry Lazarus, and others. Book features seven rare issues of Eerie – all in full color, with cover images and ads too! Book

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✨✧ EerieEerie – Tales Of Fantasy & Suspense! – Collected Works Vol 3 – Issues 15 to 17 – April/May 1954 to August/September 1954 – Fantom Witch ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
An early horror comic that definitely lives up to its name – not to be confused with the black and white magazine that started in the 60s from Warren Publications – but a much earlier, much more obscure work from the glory days of pre-code books in the 50s! Eerie definitely has a look that fits alongside most of its contemporaries – those ultra-creepy comics that were the bane of parents and the PTA back in the day – but the publication also seems willing to try some new things, too – as they experiment with an odd array of creatures and creeps that make their stories a bit different than usual. Don't worry, there's still plenty of ghouls, gore, and freaked-out dudes – and art in these issues is by Wally Wood, Joe Kubert, Fred Kida, John Giunta, Manny Stallman, and others. Book features three full issues of Eerie, plus the original 1947 book – billed as the first horror comic – and issues of Phantom Witch Doctor and Night Of Mystery. Book

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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Vol 2 – Issues 6 to 11 – May/June 1952 to November 1952 (slip-cased hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952. New Copy ... $11.99 69.99
One of the best-remembered comics from the pre-code generation – a landmark publication that offered up top-notch science fiction and horror – at a level that really rose the bar for the rest of the industry! The stories are all great – creepy, but with a real sense of structure that packs a hell of a lot into an eight to ten page story – and the art is wonderful – that vivid, striking style you'd only find in the best of the early 50s horror comics. The printing style here is great, too – heavy pages, lush color, and a mode that's far better to read than any yellowing old comics – and a fair bit less expensive too! This volume features six full issues, over 250 pages in length, complete with all the original ads too – and artwork by the likes of Al Williamson, King Ward, Ken Bald, Lou Cameron, Harry Lazarus, Jay Disbrow, and others. Book
(Limited edition – hardcover book in slipcase!)

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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Volume 10 – Issues 59 to 64 – October 1957 to March 1958 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1957/1958. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
Great work from the comics code run of the legendary Forbidden Worlds – a time when this important early horror book moved into heavy sci-fi territory, but barely missed a beat at all! Instead, the comic almost seemed to hit a new sort of stride – as the stories by the great Richard Hughes opened up with even more wit and imagination – sometimes paving the way for the Herbie comics to come, sometimes hitting the science-tuned style of some of DC's great sci-fi comics from the same time. So many other publishers went by the wayside at this point, but the advent of the Comics Code can't stop the magic here – given that the ACG comics didn't rely on gore or shock to carry their stories – but instead had great artwork and a real sense of cohesion. Artists on these issues include the great Ogden Whitney, featured in many issues and covers – plus John Forte, Emil Gershwin, John Rosenberger, Al Williamson, and others. Book

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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Volume 11 – Issues 65 to 70 – April 1958 to September 1958 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1958. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
Great work from the comics code run of the legendary Forbidden Worlds – a time when this important early horror book moved into heavy sci-fi territory, but barely missed a beat at all! Instead, the comic almost seemed to hit a new sort of stride – as the stories by the great Richard Hughes opened up with even more wit and imagination – sometimes paving the way for the Herbie comics to come, sometimes hitting the science-tuned style of some of DC's great sci-fi comics from the same time. So many other publishers went by the wayside at this point, but the advent of the Comics Code can't stop the magic here – given that the ACG comics didn't rely on gore or shock to carry their stories – but instead had great artwork and a real sense of cohesion. Artists on these issues include the great Ogden Whitney, featured in many issues and covers – plus John Forte, Harry Lazarus, Dick Beck, Al Williamson, John Rosenberger, and others. Book

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✨✧ Ghost ComicsGhost Comics Vol 1 – Issues 1 to 7 – 1951 to 1953 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
One of the more carefully-themed horror comics of the 50s – a book that really lived up to its title, by offering up stories that mostly dealt with the ghostly return of the dead! The stories are surprisingly well-written at times – and maybe a bit less bleak than some of the others in 50s horror comics – a bit like some of the ACG publications, where there might actually be a happy ending or two in the offing! The art is great – almost at a level of magazine illustration at times, but nicely stark at others – handled in these issues by Maurice Whitman, Bill Benulis, Jack Kamen, Lily Renee, and the Iger Studio. As with other great PS Artbooks, the format is great – hardcover, full color, and a complete seven issues of the rare comic – with cover art and all inside ads! Book

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✨✧ Journey Into FearJourney Into Fear Collected Works Vol 1 – Issues 1 to 7 – May 1951 to May 1952 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1951/1952. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
The title's a great one for this creepy horror comic of the 50s – as the stories have this stark, spooky feel that definitely helps you take a journey into fear! The publication was maybe a bit more low-budget than some of its contemporaries – but that also makes some of these stories even more spooky – almost as if the writers and artists were moving quickly, and didn't have time to candy-coat their work – so just threw their offbeat ideas and strange stories on the page as-is! Unlike some of the other volumes in this wonderful batch of books from PS Artbooks, the publication doesn't list the creators – possibly because they're lesser-knowns – but we can say that there's fantastic 50s comic artwork throughout – all in the unbridled pre-code style – with lots of ghouls, bats, skeletons, and other fearsome figures – often mixed with illicit love, crime, and other sordid themes. Hardcover book features seven rare issues of this legendary comic – all in full color too! Book

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✨✧ Journey Into FearJourney Into Fear Collected Works Vol 2 – Issues 8 to 14 – July 1952 to July 1953 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952/1953. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
The title's a great one for this creepy horror comic of the 50s – as the stories have this stark, spooky feel that definitely helps you take a journey into fear! The publication was maybe a bit more low-budget than some of its contemporaries – but that also makes some of these stories even more spooky – almost as if the writers and artists were moving quickly, and didn't have time to candy-coat their work – so just threw their offbeat ideas and strange stories on the page as-is! Unlike some of the other volumes in this wonderful batch of books from PS Artbooks, the publication doesn't list the creators – possibly because they're lesser-knowns – but we can say that there's fantastic 50s comic artwork throughout – all in the unbridled pre-code style – with lots of ghouls, bats, skeletons, and other fearsome figures – often mixed with illicit love, crime, and other sordid themes. Hardcover book features seven rare issues of this legendary comic – all in full color too! Book

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✨✧ Journey Into FearJourney Into Fear Collected Works Vol 3 – Issues 15 to 21 – September 1953 to September 1954 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1953/1954. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
The title's a great one for this creepy horror comic of the 50s – as the stories have this stark, spooky feel that definitely helps you take a journey into fear! The publication was maybe a bit more low-budget than some of its contemporaries – but that also makes some of these stories even more spooky – almost as if the writers and artists were moving quickly, and didn't have time to candy-coat their work – so just threw their offbeat ideas and strange stories on the page as-is! Unlike some of the other volumes in this wonderful batch of books from PS Artbooks, the publication doesn't list the creators – possibly because they're lesser-knowns – but we can say that there's fantastic 50s comic artwork throughout – all in the unbridled pre-code style – with lots of ghouls, bats, skeletons, and other fearsome figures – often mixed with illicit love, crime, and other sordid themes. Hardcover book features seven rare issues of this legendary comic – all in full color too! Book

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Gary Calamar & Phil GalloRecord Store Days – From Vinyl To Digital & Back Again (paperback) ... Book
Sterling, 2010. New Copy ... $10.99 14.99
Somebody's finally gone out and written a book about one subject we can really get behind – the Record Store – and not only that, they've done a beautiful job with the entire package too! The book takes a look at the importance of the record store – not just historically, but culturally as well – with an especially important focus on the need for stores in the digital age, as a way of keeping both the music, and interest in the music, alive and well for generations to come! As you might guess from the subtitle, authors Calamar and Gallo have a bit of an agenda in their portrait – but they really pave the way with some great recollections of record stores past, incredible bits not just from folks who owned and worked in stores, but also from famous shoppers, artists, and collectors too. And even cooler, the book is filled with lots of great photographs – wonderful images of old stores in color and black and white, plus lots of great sidebar bits that help draw a focus on key issues in record retail. If you, like us, get a bit of a rush every time you walk into a record store, then you'll be sure to get an equal rush from this book – a wonderful tome that's one we can send home to our parents, and finally show them we've got a career worth a bit of respect! 238 pages, hardcover, and really beautifully done. Book

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John CorbettVinyl Freak – Love Letters To A Dying Medium ... Book
Duke University Press, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 24.95
An incredible look at the format of vinyl – put together by a guy who's got one of the hippest record collections we've ever seen! John Corbett's been writing about music, art, and other formats for decades – but his real labor of love is vinyl records – a format he continued to embrace even at the height of the CD era – so much so that he talked Downbeat magazine into letting him write a special column on musical delights that had never made it to the digital format! Corbett helped plenty of music get reissued on CD himself – thanks to countless label projects – but he also always held a special place in his heart for the kinds of records that never got reissued – and those are the sorts of titles featured here – a massive run of music that runs from jazz to funk, American and European, totally obscure to completely common – presented beautifully together in this massive book! The volume doesn't just bring together Corbett's columns, but also offers up full color reproductions of all the record covers, along with a few other details too – to support efforts on dozens of artists – a huge list that includes Melvin Jackson, Bill Leslie, Black Grass, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Phil Seamen, Khan Jamal, Klaus Doldinger, The Mad-Hatters, Tommy Jones, Guy Warren, The Three Souls, United Front, Johnny Lytle, London Experimental Jazz Quartet, Paul Smoker, AK Salim, Noah Howard, Jack Wilson, and many others – a good number of whom have yet to be reissued. The book is wonderful – and Corbett's longtime declaration of being a vinyl freak is more important than ever, given the rebirth of the medium! Book is 250 pages, softcover, with color images. Book

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Dark ShadowsDark Shadows – The Complete Original Series Vol 5 (hardcover) ... Book
Hermes, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99 49.99
Pretty great horror comics from the early 70s – the surprisingly long, healthy run of Gold Key's Dark Shadows comic books – which actually ran longer at the newstand than the show did on TV! The comic's strength comes from some great talents – 50s horror artist Joe Certa, still hard at work to give the images a nice edge – and DC Comic scribe Arthur Drake, who penned some of the weirder comics of the silver age – on board to give these stories a bit more of an edge than you might expect! The hardcover book does a great job of presenting the material – including covers of the comics – and features issues 29 through 35, plus additional text – all in a full color, 192 page volume! Book

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Renee Hytry DerringtonFormica Forever ... Book
Metropolis, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 39.99
Formica may seem like an everyday surface to some – but at the time of its creation, it was a pretty revolutionary development – one that allowed household and business spaces to step free from longer-term care – giving the workers and residents lots more time to pursue their hopes and dreams! That bright promise of Formica is presented beautifully here – in a lovely history of the product, complete with dozens of vintage images that range from magazine ads to promotional flyers – to some higher-end projects in Formica from the art world! The book's beautiful – as stylish as an interior design magazine from the 60s – with a special color by color section in the middle, including writings by John Updike, Margarate Atwood, and others – on pages that are also perforated and can be folded! The first half of the book is in English, and awash with these images and text – and the second half offers more images, and text in six other languages. 408 pages, softcover, and beautiful color throughout! Book

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Mick Farren & Dennis LorenClassic Rock Posters – 1952 to 2012 – 60 Ans D'Affiches Rock (hardcover) ... Book
Editions Stephane Baches (France), 2012. New Copy ... $18.99 39.98
More than 500 classic music posters, many unseen for years – in a lavish full-color book that presents the chronological evolution of the genre! The book follows vivid images from early rockabilly through 60s garage, soul, and and psych, through 70s arena rock and punk, to 80s and 90s indie, and beyond – all with beautiful full page reproductions of the work, in a heavy book that's as well-done as we might hope! There's also a fair bit of text and information in French – helpful, but only if you read the language – but that small thing is hardly an issue – as the main appeal of the book is the visual content! Almost 300 pages, full color throughout, and very heavy. Book

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Drew Hardin & The Editors Of Hot Rod MagazineHot Rod Magazine – All The Covers (hardcover) ... Book
Motorbooks, 2010. New Copy ... $4.99 35.00
A hefty look at Hot Rod magazine – from the time the publication started in the postwar years, through its big time in the 60s, to its surprisingly durable run up to more recent years too! The book promises all the covers of all the issues through that run – and it definitely delivers that, but adds in way more than just a simple pastiche of cover art – with year-by-year details on the magazine, and a manner of presentation that makes things very lively – through other image, and a focus on some of the ultra-cool images from the classic years. 255 pages, hardcover, and heavy and glossy throughout! Book
 
 
 



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